Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Student Prize in Psychoanalytic Studies

The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia is pleased to announce an annual prize of $250.00 to be awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate degree at Penn for the best paper using psychoanalytic ideas. Papers written in either semester of a calendar year must be submitted by December 31st of that year, with the prize to be awarded during the spring semester that follows.

Papers should be submitted to Dr. Lawrence Blum at ldb@lawrenceblum.com

Prize Winners
Gabriel Ferrante, ’17, 2016
“A Psychoanalysis of Wordless Music”

Zeeshan Huque, ’18, 2017
“The Case of Alma Mahler: Using Freud’s psychoanalytic theories to understand the psyche of the twentieth century’s most famous femme fatale.”

Undergraduate Education of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Undergraduate Essay Prize

A $500 prize will be awarded to an undergraduate paper or essay which engages psychoanalytic ideas in relation to a focused question in any academic discipline.
Sponsored by

Committee on Undergraduate Education of the American Psychoanalytic Association


The paper must have been written in an undergraduate course or under an instructor’s supervision within one year of submission. The paper should be between 12-20 pages in length, and should neither have been published nor submitted for publication.


Essays should be submitted by the instructor. In a separate cover letter, please include the course name (if applicable), the instructor’s name, and the name of the student along with his/her contact information (mailing address, email address and telephone number). Submit via email to Debbie Steinke Wardell.

Only one submission per instructor, please.

Essays are due June 1, 2017
APsaA’s Psychoanalysis and Undergraduate Education Committee
Marcia Dobson, Ph.D., Co-Chair (mdobson@coloradocollege.edu)
John Riker, Ph.D., Co-Chair (jriker@coloradocollege.edu)
Prize Winners
Tung Chau, ’17
“Masochism in Three Texts”

Society for Psychological Anthropology

Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay in psychological anthropology. The winner will be awarded $500 and one year’s free membership in the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winning essay will be published in Ethos after working with the Editor for final preparation of the manuscript.

The prize is named for the late Richard G. Condon, whose work included the study of adolescence, family, and change among the Canadian Inuit. Psychological anthropology is defined broadly to include interrelationships among psychological, social and cultural phenomena. Essays will be judged on their relevance to psychological anthropology, organization and clarity, and their theoretical and methodological strengths. The author must be an undergraduate or graduate student on July 15, 2017, but the author need not be a current member of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winner will be recognized at the SPA Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Submission Guidelines

Papers submitted for consideration must follow these guidelines:

1.     The submitted paper must not be published in any form, or currently under review for publication in any outlet in the U.S. or abroad.

2.     Papers must not exceed 9,000 words inclusive of all references, endnotes and acknowledgements.

3.     Papers must follow the American Anthropological Association style guide<http://www.aaanet.org/publications/style_guide.pdf>.

4.     Submitted papers must be emailed as a single Microsoft Word document to Dr. Cameron Hay, SPA’s Secretary, at hayrolmc@miamioh.edu<mailto:hayrolmc@miamioh.edu>. The deadline is July 15, 2017.  In the email:

a.     Subject line of the email should read “Condon Prize Submission.”

b.     In the body of the email, provide the author’s name, permanent (not institutional) mailing address, and email address, student affiliation (university and department), and the title of the paper that is attached.

c.     Confirm student status in the body of the email and provide an estimated date of graduation.

d.     Ensure that no evidence of the author’s identity is evident in any way in the text of the Word document or by reference in the paper.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Cameron Hay  at hayrolmc@miamioh.edu<mailto:hayrolmc@miamioh.edu>.

All award and selection committees abide by the SPA’s Conflict of Interest Statement and Recusal Policy<http://spa.americananthro.org/?page_id=1532>.



Offered annually in June

Open to All Students at College and Universities
We believe that psychoanalysis, from Freud’s theory to that of contemporary self psychology and relational theory, offers human beings the most profound way of probing the human psyche in general and individual souls in particular that has ever been conceived. It can also be used to powerfully probe the depths of culture and the problems of modern society. In order to explore the ideas and transforming practices of psychoanalysis, we are offering a course this summer at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, one of the foremost institutes in the world for the creation of new directions in psychoanalysis. In this course, students will meet with important contemporary psychoanalysts, read their work, and discuss their work and cases with them.

 — Marcia Dobson & John Riker

PH 263/CO 200 – Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice. An introductory study of Freud and the transformation of his theories in contemporary psychoanalysis. Students will read the works of and meet with distinguished psychoanalysts who will discuss cases and new approaches to understanding psychological dynamics and therapeutic action. We will also explore how psychoanalysis can be used in the interpretation of art and politics. 1
unit. Professors Dobson and Riker. Taught in Chicago. Block A: May 31-June 23.

Not only do you get psychoanalysis in these courses, but you get to live in the heart of downtown Chicago, one of the most vibrant, beautiful cities in the world. Beaches, really cool restaurants, fabulous architecture and art, peoples from all over the globe, concerts, drama—it’s all there and within walking distance!

For further information or to apply, please contact Prof. John Riker at


Membership in the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

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